The wetter side of wet #252
It’s a once in 28 years opportunity to run on Saturday 29th February, they said. 2048 before the next opportunity, leap like frogs, they said. And then they provided the water so we could leap, swim, and be washed away like frogs. Could someone put a note in the files for 2048 and perhaps talk about some other animal?
This weekend was an improvement on the previous two. Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis laid waste through the cancellations list where Storm Jorge was…. superficially less overwhelming but not helpful to those areas where the water table is still much higher than usual and the ground saturated. Some other local parkruns were cancelled, swelling the ranks of the very stalwarts. This was a parkrun day for the very determined. This was Harrow’s smallest number of runners since 27 July 2019.
Having woken up several times due to the noise of the wind, we decided to bus/tube/tube/walk to parkrun. It’s a short walk from Harrow on the Hill station but the sheer quantity of rain made it difficult to use the traditional google maps. However, we found Harrow Recreation Ground and walked steadily through the river from the play park/carpark to the pavilion. It was a moment for the volunteering part of the partnership to regret a lack of wellies and the running part of the partnership to regret not wearing waterproof socks.
Bag stowed in the dry changing room and coat removed (!) I joined the other parkrunners huddled under the eaves of the pavilion. All sensible fauna had retreated. Frogs, ducks, sea serpents were all tucked up with tea. And then a miracle happened. From the first timers’ briefing, the rain slowed and stopped. During the main briefing we heard about our diversions and were warned about the excessive water on the course and reminded that, even in this weather, we weren’t the only park users out so we were not to splash through all the puddles and soak the dog walkers.
A day to thank the marshals in particular (It is the only parkrun that I’ve ever been to where there has been a marshal, in wellies standing in a puddle with water covering feet entirely to make us keep right, thanks Jag) and all the volunteers in general who traded a run on 29th February for a volunteer credit. And a thank you, after all that exertion, for those who were celebrating milestones who brought chopped oranges, melon and cakes.
On to the results:
Congratulations to first time parkrunners Karolina WOLNIKOWSKA and Clive LUCAS for joining us. Do come again and it can’t get any wetter, honest!
Congratulations Joan FOXLEY on a 150th Harrow parkrun and memorably coming 150th
Congratulations to our fantastic new 50 club runners: Kelly ACCETTA CROWE, Anne GORMAN, Claire WOODARD, Ashwin MISTRY and Richard BROWN. A super day to achieve your first t-shirt milestone. Well done.
Congratulations to first man home Martin Hanicinec (19:01) and first female Nicola Payne (21:21).
In total, 166 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 15 were first timers and 10 recorded new Personal Bests. In this weather that is something of an achievement.
Thank you to the volunteers Kevin CONCANNON, Mark CURSONS, Mike LEPPS, Jodi MARSHALL, Harriet WHITE, Joseph TURNER, Ketul PATEL, Jag MATHARU, Luca MATHARU, Thomas BROWN, Simon GRIGOR, Karin KEEBLE, Siddhant SINGH, Manav SHARMA, Oliver MACKIN, Michelle MAGUIRE, Judith WILLIAMS, Rekha MAKWANA, Peter WALE, Connor WALKER, Lucia CAMPBELL MANAS and Milo BENWELL- FROGGATT who made this possible.
parkrun finished, lovely hot chocolate drunk and it was time to return walk/tube/tube/bus and a final first for the day. Stopped at Finsbury Park, the hail danced through the doors into the tube carriage…
Home parkrun: Queen Elizabeth
Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Harrow parkrun Results Page.
The female record is held by Lucy ASHE who recorded a time of 18:05 on 11th February 2017 (event number 93).
The male record is held by Damian NEVINS who recorded a time of 15:55 on 10th August 2019 (event number 222).
The Age Grade course record is held by Nigel RACKHAM who recorded 90.32% (16:52) on 9th July 2016 (event number 62).
Harrow parkrun started on 9th May 2015. Since then 5,882 participants have completed 42,770 parkruns covering a total distance of 213,850 km, including 8,126 new Personal Bests. A total of 442 individuals have volunteered 3,564 times.